Preserving Power Of The United States

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Preserving Power The Founders of the United States of America had always known war; the first settlers faced armed conflict with the Natives, and the French for years. The drafters of the constitution had just fought for and won their independence from the British. These founders knew that war would always be something that the nation would face so they addressed the governmental duties and powers involving war in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution. Under the U.S. Constitution the war powers are divided between Congress and the President. The Congress among other duties is tasked with “providing for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States (U.S. Constitution).” These Congressional powers are further defined latter in section 8 to define Congress’s roles as having the power to declare war and to raise and support the Armies and Navies of the United States. Through (Article II, section 2) it is understood that the President is the Commander and Chief of those Armed forces, tasked with repelling attacks against the United States (U.S. Constitution). This division of powers was affective, because each conflict The United States entered into was accompanied by a declaration of war. Controversy began to arise when the President sent forces into conflicts abroad without a declaration of war, or without the approval of congress.
The best example of this is President Truman’s response to the invasion of the South Korea by communist forces; he…
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